consider the inspiration for santa claus. ♪ on the first day of christmas ♪ finally, as advent season begins, investment advisers at the pennsylvania-based pnc bank have priced what it would cost this year if you bought everything the true love gave his lady during the 12 days of christmas. the cheapest item is the partridge, at 15 bucks. the most expensive are the swans, at $1,000 each. half the items are the same price as last year -- the maids a-milking, ladies dancing, lords a-leaping, pipers piping and drummers drumming. the minimum wage did not go up, so neither did hiring lords and ladies. but calling birds, swans, geese, french hens, gold rings and the pear tree all cost more. counting everything, each time it's mentioned in the song, the total for the set is $107,300, plus shipping and handling.